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This article examines procedure in the North Carolina assembly during the colonial period, 1731-1770. It includes descriptions of establishing operational policy, appointments and positions within the assembly, the role of religion within assembly operations, expulsion of members, member privileges, rules of decorum, acts of legislation, the passing and rejection of bills, the division of the houses and joint conferences, relations with the governor and committee systems.
Poe discusses North Carolina legislation between 1714 and 1791, as recorded by James Iredell (1791). Of particular interest to Poe are acts regarding slaves, as they illustrate the colonial mindset towards slave rights and responsibilities. Similar legislation affecting Native American groups is discussed as it documents changing colonial attitudes, especially after the French and Indian War. Finally, Poe investigates legislation towards British sympathizers during and after the Revolutionary War.